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Ride-on toys come in two styles: The kind that kids power themselves by pushing off with their feet or pedaling, and the kind that requires a separate power source to make them go. Both can be fun for young kids who aren't ready for a bike or scooter yet themselves to scoot around your living room or zoom around a backyard. We've rounded up the best of both types to help you find the right fit for your kiddo.
Here, the best ride on toys for kids:
They’ll be plowing up a good time on this John Deere tractor from Peg Perego. This mean, green ride is powered by a rechargeable battery, and kids operate it with foot pedals, just like a real car. It works on grass, dirt, gravel, and pavement, and it even features a working FM radio. Talk about a sweet ride.
If you love the old-fashioned look of wooden kids' toys, you'll love this scoot around rider from Hape. It features four rubber-coated wheels, and little ones push off the ground to get it going, which improves strength and balance. It’s recommended for ages 12 months to 3 years, and it makes for a great starter set of wheels.
Who wouldn't love a horse and carriage ride? Well, this kinda gives your child that experience. This manual ride-on toy can be controlled by both kids and adults, with cup holders for both. The horse seamlessly glides and turns as the carriage is being steered, and even makes realistic clip-clop sounds.
This is one sweet, statement-making ride. Kids 3 and up will ride in style in this battery powered Land Rover. Allow your little one to drive the car on their own or you can use the remote control to help them out. The max speed is 3.7 miles per hour and the 4-wheel suspension makes for a smooth ride. A device can be connected to the dashboard to play music, there are working lights, and even the sound of an engine starting.
Part stroller, part tricycle, this pick from Radio Flyer grows with your child. Recommended for ages 9 months to 5 years, it converts from a seated stroller that mom and dad can push to a classic trike for when they’re ready to take off on their own. It can hold kids up to 49 pounds and has useful features like a cup holder, tray, and storage compartment.
Kids as young as 18 months old can tear things up on two wheels with this balance bike from Strider. It’s specially designed to keep younger kids upright and riding along without training wheels. The inseam height is easily adjustable between 12-20 inches, so it grows with your child.
No wheels here! Instead, this jumping horse lets them bounce about on their adventures. It's easy to inflate with the included pump, and then kids are ready to take off. It’s designed for kids who are 3 to 5 years old, and parents say it’s great exercise and a super fun alternative to traditional ride-on toys.
When toddlers still need a push from time to time, this Step2 is a great option. With a steering wheel, a horn to beep, and other car features, it’s more fun than a traditional stroller, and a seat belt keeps them securely in place during the ride. It’s recommended for kids 18 months to 4 years and up to 50 pounds.
This interesting looking toy is full of fun possibilities that will grow as your child develops. As they begin to explore walking, it can be used as a “walking buddy,” and as they grow, it converts to a ride-on toy. It has won awards for its innovative design that helps toddlers develop motor and cognitive skills while they play. The wide, long base ensures it won’t tip over as toddlers move about.
As long as there’s a smooth surface, it can be used inside or out and has non-marking rubber wheels, so you don’t have to worry about scuffs on your floors.
This ride-on toy is as cute as a bug—a ladybug that is! The body is cushioned and a handlebar helps them hang on while they use their legs to scoot forward, backward, and around in circles. It comes in two sizes—small (for kids 18 to 36 months) and large (for kids 3 and up). It also comes in versions featuring other fun animals like a bunny, a pig, and a hedgehog.
The best ride-on toys don't actually have to go anywhere to be fun. Made of durable plastic with easy-to-grip handles, this rocking horse is perfect for toddlers (it's recommended for ages 12 to 36 months). It comes fully assembled so it’s ready to ride right out of the box.
Little builders will go wild for this ride-on caterpillar that comes complete with an excavator and shovel. It comes with ten blocks to scoop up, and there’s a compartment under the seat to store them, along with other treasures. It’s recommended for ages 1 to 4, and parents say it’s a great toy for indoor or outdoor use.
Little ones can ride with one of their favorite Disney friends on this ride featuring Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse. It has four wheels, and little legs power it by pushing off the floor. Extra features like music, a telephone, and a honking horn make for more fun on the go.
Vroom, vroom! They’ll zoom into fun with this motorbike from VTech. Not only does it provide a great ride, but it can also play music and help them learn colors, shapes, and even road safety. It’s recommended for ages 1 to 3 and can be converted from a bike to a tricycle for kiddos who are still mastering balance.
Talk about a smart ride. This train from VTech has all sorts of learning and fun opportunities. It features a storybook, clock, alphabet blocks, and more, and it can transform from a floor toy to a walker to a ride-on toy and even a wagon so kids can haul around their treasures. It’s recommended for ages 1 to 3 and has plenty to keep kids interested for hours. All aboard!
This car by Lil' Rider is controlled by wiggling the steering wheel back and forth instead of by pedals or pushing. Kids steer with the handles up top, and there are no bells and whistles and batteries needed—just pure, kid-powered fun. It’s recommended for kids 2 to 6 years old, and it can be used on any flat surface, indoors or out, though parents say it doesn’t work so well on carpet.
This is a scooter with some serious staying power. For little ones starting at about age 2, it works as a ride-on toy, but as they grow older and stronger, the seat comes off, and it works as a traditional scooter. In all modes, the wheels light up as they go for a fun, flashy ride.
Long before your child is ready for a bike, they can start practicing on this Scoot-About. It has four wide-set wheels, which are powered by little legs pushing off the ground. It has a wide seat that lifts up to store blocks, stuffed animals, and more.
For motorcycle-obsessed tikes, there’s this Harley-Davidson-inspired trike from Fisher-Price. Designed for kids ages 2 to 5, it's powered by simple pedals on the front wheel. Large, sturdy wheels and hand grips help them tear up the town safely. And as for the cute factor, it’s off the charts!
"Fun, fast, and pedal-powered, Fisher-Price’s Harley-Davidson Motorcycles Tough Trike will be a sure hit with the little biker in your life."—Sarah Vanbuskirk, Product Tester